Every time I open a new book, I feel like I connect to another layer of my BEing. Reading is so fundamental, not only for increasing simple mental capabilities, but when you read book for the purpose of increasing a skill or bettering yourself, you grow in ways you never realize. This month I'm reading a new book by Joyce Meyer called "Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid." As the title suggests, it's all about choosing to live past your fears.
We all have fears, but how we choose to let them control our lives is what sets us apart. People live in fear of relationships, getting hurt, taking on businesses, getting promotions, moving somewhere out of their comfort zone, and so much more. Right now I'm only on page 100 but I've experienced breakthroughs already, and I'm highly thankful. Imagine that every time you experience a breakthrough in your life, who you are, what you think about, and how you feel, transforms, grows and shifts. We are all looking for major shifts in our life, in order to come closer to our dreams, visions, goals and desires.
Think about the small and maybe even great fears that you have. Do you have any phobias? Are you scared of telling the truth to someone you hurt? Are you scared of sharing your feelings because of vulnerability ? When you set a goal, do you think about "why it couldn't work?" Are you afraid of the responsibility of success? of parenting? of marriage? Are you avoiding pursuing a relationship because you are afraid of getting hurt? Just think. If any of that resonates with you, I highly recommend this book.
Up until now, Joyce has talked about right & wrong fear, the source of fear, phobias, getting courage, insecurity, staying focused on what you want and activating faith.
I can say I've had breakthroughs when it comes to faith in BE! and romantic relationships. In the past God has put some things in my spirit and because of questionable opinions of others, I created a sense of fear and doubt within myself and drop the ball on a project. In the love realm, I've previously had a fear of not being able to get married because of the men I've attracted in the past, and not wanting to repeat those choices. To be honest, this book has completely shifted those fears, and I'm happy to share this with you.
The book reminds me of one of my favorite quotes,"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."- Anais Nin. It's not about not feeling fear, but it's about walking through it, and living the life you deserve to live. Taking risks on yourself ensures great returns. You may not always get the outcome you desire, but you learn a lot. It's better to move forward and try something new, then to not try it because of the thoughts you made up in your head. More than not, you cannot predict the future, so just try. No matter what it is, choose to live more fearlessly.
The one thing I don't want in my life are regrets, especially for situations or events that I know I had perfect control over but I let fear, doubt or insecurity get in the way. To be honest, we cannot always rely on our mind because it will lead us astray, but we can make sure to constantly be feeding ourselves affirming and uplifting words so that it's judgement can be more reliable. Honor your spirit in guiding you, and when you know your mind and spirit are aligned, that is powerful. No matter how big or small, take some chances on yourself. Aren't you worth it? I once heard that fear is, "False evidence Appearing Real." The more you concentrate on conquering your fears, the more fearless you become and we become bold by doing bold acts. So what are you going to take on today? Comment below!
BE Encouraged and BE Fearless~
By: Tiffany W.